Surnames Starting with M

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MA Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "horse".
MAAS Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MAC AN ABA Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of MCNAB.
MAC AN BAIRD Scottish
Scottish form of Mac an Bhaird (see WARD (2)).
MAC AN BHAIRD Irish
Irish Gaelic form of WARD (2).
MAC AN FLEISDEIR Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of LISTER.
MACANGUS Scottish
Means "son of ANGUS" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHA Scottish, Irish
Means "son of AODH" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHAGÁIN Irish
Irish Gaelic form of KEEGAN.
MACAR Turkish
Means "Hungarian" in Turkish.
MACASLAN Scottish
Means "son of ABSALOM" in Gaelic.
MACBETH Scottish
Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.
MAC BRANAIN Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRANNON.
MAC CÁBA Irish, Scottish
Irish Gaelic form of MCCABE.
MACCAILÍN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of CAILEAN" in Gaelic.
MACCALLION Scottish
Anglicized form of MACCAILÍN.
MACCALLUM Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Coluim meaning "son of COLUMBA".
MACCANCE Scottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MACCARRICK Irish
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige is composed of "hound" and carraig "rock".
MACCARTHY Irish
Means "son of CÁRTHACH" in Irish.
MACCHRUIM Scottish
Means "son of Crum", where Crum is a Gaelic byname meaning "bent".
MAC CIONAODHA Scottish
Irish Gaelic form of MCKENNA.
MAC CLÉIRICH Irish
Means "son of the clerk".
MACCLERY Irish
Anglicized form of MAC CLÉIRICH.
MAC CNÁIMHÍN Irish
Means "son of Cnámh". The Irish given name Cnámh means "bone".
MAC COINNICH Scottish
Irish Gaelic form of MACKENZIE.
MAC CONMARA Irish
Gaelic form of MCNAMARA.
MACCOUGHLAN Irish
Means "son of Cochlán". The given name Cochlán is derived from Irish cochal "cape" or "hood".
MACCRUM Scottish
Anglicized form of MACCHRUIM.
MACCRUMB Scottish
Variant form of MACCRUM.
MAC DAIBHÉID Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCDEVITT.
MAC DHUIBHINSE Irish
Irish Gaelic form of VINCENT (2).
MAC DIARMADA Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCDERMOTT.
MACDONALD Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill meaning "son of DONALD". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
MACDOUGALL Scottish
Means "son of DOUGAL" in Scottish.
MAC DUIBHSHÍTHE Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Duibhshíth" in Gaelic. The given name Duibhshíth means "black peace".
MACEACHTHIGHEARNA Scottish
Means "son of Eichthighearn", where the personal name Eichthighearn means "horse lord" in Gaelic.
MACEK Czech
Derived from the name Macek, a diminutive of MATEJ.
MAC EOGHAIN Irish, Scottish
meaning "son of EOGHAN" in Gaelic.
MACEY English
Variant of MASSEY.
MAC GHABHANN Irish
Means "son of the smith" in Irish.
MAC GILLEAIN Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of MCLAIN.
MAC GILLE FHAOLAIN Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of MCCLELLAND.
MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE Irish
Means "son of the servant of BRIGHID" in Irish.
MAC GIOLLA DHUIBH Irish
Irish Gaelic form of KILDUFF.
MAC GIOLLA EOIN Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCLAIN.
MACGOWAN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GHABHANN.
MACGREGOR Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Griogair meaning "son of GREGOR". It originates from the Highland clan Gregor. A famous bearer was the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
MACHÁN Czech
Derived from the given name Mach (a Czech diminutive of MICHAEL or MATĚJ).
MACÍAS Spanish
Derived from the given name MATEO.
MACKAY Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MACKENZIE Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Coinnich meaning "son of COINNEACH". It originates from the Kintail area of Scotland on the northwest coast.
MAC LEÒID Scottish
Gaelic form of MCLEOD.
MAC MAGHNUIS Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCMANUS.
MAC MATHGHAMHNA Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCMAHON.
MAC NAOIMHÍN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of NAOMHÁN" In Gaelic.
MAC NEACHTAIN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of NECHTAN" in Gaelic.
MACNEVIN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC NAOIMHÍN.
MAC NIADH Irish
Means "son of Niadh" in Irish. The given name Niadh means "champion".
MAÇON French
French form of MASON.
MACQUEEN Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MACSHUIBHNE Irish, Scottish
Means "son of SUIBHNE" in Gaelic.
MAC SÍTHIGH Irish
Gaelic form of MCSHEEHY.
MAC UILEAGÓID Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCELLIGOTT.
MACWILLIAM Scottish
Means "son of WILLIAM" in Gaelic.
MACY English
Variant of MASSEY.
MADDEN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MADDOX Welsh
Derived from the given name MADOC.
MADEIRA Portuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
MADIGAN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MADISON English
Means "son of MAUD". A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
MADSEN Danish
Means "son of MADS".
MAEDA Japanese
From Japanese (mae) meaning "front, forward" and (ta) meaning "field".
MAES Flemish
Flemish form of MAAS.
MAESSEN Dutch
Means "son of MAAS".
MAESTRI Italian
Means "master" in Italian.
MAGALHÃES Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal. The first element in the place name may have been derived from the Celtic word magal.
MAG AONGHUIS Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGUINNESS.
MAGEE Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MAGNUSSON Swedish
Means "son of MAGNUS".
MAGORIAN Irish
Possibly a variant of MCGOWAN or MCGOVERN.
MAG RAITH Irish, Scottish
Gaelic form of MCCRAE.
MAGRO Italian
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
MAG SHAMHRADHÁIN Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGOVERN.
MAG UIDHIR Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGUIRE.
MAGUIRE Irish
Variant of MCGUIRE.
MAGYAR Hungarian
Means "Hungarian" in Hungarian.
MAH Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see MA).
MAHONEY Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Mathghamhna meaning "descendant of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MAINA Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MAINA.
MAISURADZE Georgian
From Georgian მაისურა (maisura) meaning "shirt".
MAJEWSKI Polish
Derived from Polish maj meaning "May". It may have been given in reference to the month the first bearer was baptized.
MÄKELÄ Finnish
Means "the place of the hill" in Finnish.
MAKI (1) Japanese
From Japanese (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle".
MAKI (2) Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" and (ki) meaning "tree".
MÄKINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish mäki meaning "hill".
MAKSIMOV Russian
Means "son of MAKSIM".
MALINOWSKI Polish
Means "dweller by raspberries" from Polish malina.
MALLEY Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MÁILLE.
MALLON Irish
Variant of MALONE.
MALLORY English
From Old French maloret meaning "unfortunate, unlucky", a term introduced to England by the Normans.
MALLOYE Irish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MALONE Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin which means "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN".
MALY Polish, Czech
Means "small" in the Slavic languages.
MAN Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WEN.
MANCINI Italian
Diminutive of MANCO.
MANCO Italian
Means "left-handed" in Italian.
MANCUSO Sicilian
Sicilian variant of MANCO.
MANDEL German, Jewish
Means "almond" in German.
MANDELBAUM Jewish
Means "almond tree" in German.
MANFREDI Italian
Derived from the given name MANFREDO.
MANFREDONIA Italian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred of Sicily.
MANN German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
MANTOVANI Italian
From the name of the city of Mantova in Lombardy.
MARADONA Spanish
Locative name coming from the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
MARANGOZ Turkish
Occupational name meaning "joiner" in Turkish.
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
MARCHEGIANO Italian
From the name of the Marche region in Italy. It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
MARCHESI Italian
From the title marchese meaning "marquis".
MARCHETTI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name MARCO.
MARCHIONI Italian
From the given name MELCHIOR.
MARCONI Italian
Derived from the given name MARCO.
MÅRDH Swedish
From Swedish mård meaning "pine marten". It was often a soldier's nickname, which became a surname in later generations.
MAREK Czech, Polish, Hungarian
Derived from the given name MAREK.
MARI Italian
Aphetic form of ALTIMARI.
MARÍA Spanish
From the given the name MARÍA.
MARIA Italian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MARIANI Italian
From the given name MARIANO.
MARIĆ Croatian
Means "son of MARIJA".
MARIE French
From the given name MARIE.
MARINO Italian, Spanish
Derived from the given name MARINO.
MARINOS Greek
Derived from the given name MARINOS.
MARINOV Bulgarian
Means "son of MARIN".
MARION French
Derived from the given name MARION (1).
MARK English
Derived from the given name MARK.
MARKEY Irish
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
MARKÓ Hungarian
Derived from the given name MARKO.
MARKOV Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of MARKO or MARK".
MARKUSSON Swedish
Means "son of MARKUS".
MARLEY English
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) bears this last name.
MARLOW English
Originally a name for a person from Marlow (Buckinghamshire), England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere "lake" and lafe "remnants, remains".
MARMO Italian
Means "marble" in Italian.
MARQUARDT German
From Old German marka "border, boundary" and ward "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
MARQUERING Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MARQUERINK Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MÁRQUEZ Spanish
Means "son of MARCOS".
MARSDEN English
From a place name derived from Old English mearc "boundary" and denu "valley".
MARSHALL English
Derived from Middle English mareschal "a marshal", ultimately derived from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
MARSTON English
From a place name derived from Old English mersc "marsh" and tun "enclosure".
MARSZAŁEK Polish
Polish cognate of MARSHALL.
MARTEL (1) English, French
Derived from the given name Martel, a medieval diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from old French martel "hammer", ultimately from Latin martellus.
MARTENS Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of MARTEN".
MARTÍ Catalan
Derived from the given name MARTÍ.
MARTIN English, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTÍNEK Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTINELLI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name MARTINO.
MARTÍNEZ Spanish
Means "son of MARTÍN" in Spanish.
MARTINOV Bulgarian
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARTINS English
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTINSON English
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARTINSSON Swedish
Means "son of MARTIN".
MÁRTON Hungarian
Derived from the given name MÁRTON.
MARTZ German
Derived from an old diminutive of MARTIN.
MARUŠIĆ Croatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
MARUŠKA Czech
Derived from the given name MARIE.
MARVIN Welsh
Derived from the given name MERVYN.
MAS (1) Catalan
Means "farm" in Catalan.
MAŠEK Czech
Derived from the given name Mašek which can be a diminutive of either MATĚJ or TOMÁŠ.
MÁSELNÍK Czech
Referred to one who churned or sold butter or buttermilk, derived from Czech máslo "butter".
MASI Italian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MASIN Italian
Venetian variant of MASI.
MAŚLANKA Polish
Derived from Polish masło "butter". The name probably referred to a person who made or sold butter or buttermilk.
MASON English
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MASSEY English
Derived from Massy, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius.
MASSON (2) French
Aphetic form Thomasson which is a diminutive form of THOMAS.
MASTERS English, Scottish
Means "son of the master" from Middle English maister.
MASTERSON English
Means "son of the master" from Middle English maister.
MATA Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MATARACI Turkish
From the name of a profession: a person who made water bottles or flasks.
MATEEV Bulgarian
Means "son of MATEY".
MATĚJKA Czech
Derived from the given name MATĚJ.
MATEU Catalan
Derived from the given name MATEU.
MATEUS Portuguese
From the given name MATEUS.
MATEVOSIAN Armenian
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATHERS English
Occupational surname meaning "mower" in Old English.
MATHESON Scottish
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATHEWS English
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MATHEWSON English
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATHIASEN Danish
Means "son of MATHIAS".
MATHIEU French
Derived from the given name MATHIEU.
MATIĆ Croatian
Means "son of MATIJA".
MATOS Portuguese, Jewish
Variant of MATA. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.
MATOUŠEK Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MATOUŠ.
MATSUMOTO Japanese
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
MATSUOKA Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
MATSUSHITA Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
MATTHEWS English
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MATTHEWSON English
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATTHIASEN Danish
Means "son of MATTHIAS".
MATTSSON Swedish
Means "son of MATS".
MATVEEV Russian
Means "son of MATVEY".
MAURER German
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
MAUS German
From a nickname meaning "mouse" from the word mûs (Middle High German, Old High German).
MAXWELL Scottish
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
MAY English
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MAYER (2) Jewish
From Hebrew meir which means "enlightened".
MAYER (3) English
Occupational name for a mayor, from Middle English mair.
MAYES English
Patronymic form of MAY.
MAYNARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
MAZZA Italian
From nicknames meaning "maul" or "mallet" in Italian.
MCADAMS Scottish, Irish
Means "son of ADAM" in Gaelic.
MCALISTER Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic Mac Alastair meaning "son of ALISTAIR".
MCARTHUR Scottish
Means "son of ARTHUR" in Gaelic.
MCBRIDE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE.
MCCABE Irish, Scottish
Means "son of Cába", where Cába is a given name meaning "cape".
MCCAIG Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thaidhg meaning "son of TADHG".
MCCALLUM Scottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MCCLEARY Irish
Anglicized form of MAC CLÉIRICH.
MCCLELLAND Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhaoláin meaning "son of the servant of FAOLÁN".
MCCONNELL Scottish, Irish
Derived from Gaelic Mac Domhnaill (see MACDONALD).
MCCORMICK Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Cormaic meaning "son of CORMAC".
MCCOY Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCCRACKEN Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Reachtain, Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MCCRAE Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mag Raith meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
MCCRORY Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruaidhrí meaning "son of RUAIDHRÍ".
MCCUNE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCDERMOTT Irish
Means "son of DIARMAID". The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland.
MCDEVITT Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Daibhéid meaning "son of DÁIBHÍ".
MCELLIGOTT Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of UILLEAG.
MCEWAN Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCFARLANE Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Pharlain meaning "son of PARTHALÁN".
MCFEE Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC DUIBHSHÍTHE.